As a health and wellness writer for the last 15 years, I’ve always been fascinated with vitamins and mineral supplements and always quizzing the experts for their recommendations.
Maybe it’s because I’ve been vegetarian nearly all my life and vegan since my mid-20s that nutrition has been a special interest of mine. I watch what I eat to try and avoid common vegan-diet deficiencies (D3, B12, EPA/DHA are common ones), and equally aware of supporting my sports and fitness lifestyle, which puts an added strain on my body.
That’s why I was excited to be introduced to Truth Origins water soluble liquid vitamins and invited to be part of the brand’s referral programme. This is the first referral and affiliate programme I’ve joined in the ten years I’ve had this blog so it’s definitely a product that I think is worth checking out.
Most people are finally cottoning on the fact that outer skin beauty comes from inner good health so I guarantee you more and more beauty brands will be launching supplements to er, supplement, their skincare lines in the near future.
Functionalab is playing the game ahead of the pack. Following its extensive range of supplements (in SpaceNK now), it launches a skincare range this October (available at Harrods too) with the target being anti-ageing, of course. You know the score – fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, first signs, dehydrated skin, etc etc…
I met the formulator this week and liked what he said. The products are ingredients driven so no cheap fillers and silicones which give the false impression of an effective cream with no real benefits. Instead, they’ve gone for a less-is-more approach with a high concentration of key ingredients such as oat protein and a delicate touch of essential oils.
I didn’t expect the range to have any ‘free-from’ credentials so I was pleasantly surprised. In a nutshell for you greenies, the formulations are: silicone-free, sulphate-free, perfume-free and paraben-free. Some of the supplements are also vegetarian and vegan – ah wonderful news for me. I’ll be diving into my beauty dose of Hair, Skin and Nails this weekend.
While the skincare range isn’t cheap (around the £50-£75 mark) a little squirt goes a long way – a suggested two months use in one glass, recyclable bottle. Looking forward to reporting back in a few months’ time with radiant skin and Florence Griffith-Joyner-nails.
Out now in Natural Health magazine (Feb ’11 issue) is my article on the future of health supplements, which makes essential reading for anyone passionate about their health and the natural health industry.
At the end of March this year new EU laws and regulations will come into place restricting the supply of some supplements and herbal medicines. There are also plans to impost maximum permitted doses on vitamins, which will restrict what dosages you can buy vitamins in. Naturopaths, herbalists and consumers across Europe are deeply concerned about how this will impact people who are trying to take care of their health. This is ultimately an infringement on our freedom of health choice.
It’s a huge and complicated area and unfortunately there’s a lot of misinformation out there but the Alliance of Natural Health is one of the most comprehensive and reliable sources on the internet. I advise everyone to read more about what’s going on http://anh-europe.org/